almond flour pizza | gluten free recipes made easy
So I’m attempting to go grain-free and sugar-free for a while to
expedite the adrenal healing process. *Fingers crossed.* I sure hope
it’s worth it! I don’t know what’s worse…not being able to mix up a
batch of muffins or not eat them. Ok, nevermind, I know. It’s the
mixing part! I can’t explain, it’s just fun to create and invent.
So lately I’ve been making 2 dinners, or at least 1 dinner and a
“modified” dinner for me. Well, it was getting old. I sort of told the
husband that he needed to be grain-free with me so that I wouldn’t go
crazy. He wasn’t excited about it, but he must have remembered if it
wasn’t for me, he wouldn’t eat. So he said yes
We loooove our pizza nights. They’re perfect for figuring out what
to do with leftovers. We literally pile the countertop with random
ingredients from in our fridge, throw them on a perfect pizza crust and
presto! Dinner. And it’s always delish. So I knew I’d have to find a
way to finagle that back into our weekly routine. I turned to almond
Now, I’m way too frugal to buy a teensy little sack of almond flour
for $11. So ridiculous. I usually buy almond meal from Trader Joes. I
figured that would work just as well. I whipped up 2 c. of almond
meal, threw in some salt and baking powder, a couple of eggs to hold it
all together and…well…it was ok. Definitely need A LOT of
water to drink with that crust. One bite is ok, after two you start to
choke a little. It’s really gritty. After that I decided to make my
own almond flour. I have a grain grinder, so I bought some blanched
almonds at a good price from Trader Joes. I was a little nervous
because the pizza dough mix was really, well, almond butter-y. I needed
the help of wax paper to press it down. However, it tasted MUCH
better. Not as gritty, and more like regular pizza dough. Don’t get me
wrong…you will not be biting into squishy, starchy rice flour, BUT
justify the different texture with the fact you’ll be biting into a heck
of a lot of protein and antioxidants…with 0g of sugar. It’s definitely
worth a try. And with the medical community FINALLY in agreement that
“fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does”, you can eat a slice or two
without worrying about the calories and carbs. It’s kind of nice.
We topped this pizza with 1/3 can of organic diced tomatoes, fresh
basil, artichokes, black olives, poached chicken, and a light sprinkling
of Manchego cheese. Top it with whatever you like!
Here’s the crust recipe:
- 2 1/4 c. almond flour, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1 t. baking powder
- 1 t. sea salt (less if you’re not a salt junkie like me)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs. Add almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine.
- If it is very mushy (and it probably will be) add the other 1/4 c.
of almond flour. It will still not look like you can roll it out at
this point–that’s ok.
- Spray a pizza pan with non-stick spray and dust it with a little
almond flour (or almond meal could work here, too). Press the dough
down, shaping it to fit the pan, leaving it about 1/4″ thick. Use waxed
paper to keep it from sticking to your fingers.
- Bake the pizza for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden and starting
to crisp on the edges. Remove and top with whatever toppings you like.
- Return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
- Cut and serve!